In 1917, Our Lady of Fatima taught the three visionary children devotion to her Immaculate Heart as an effective means for the salvation of souls and peace of the world. In 1932, Our Lady revealed her "Golden Heart" to five children in Beauraing, Belgium.
On Nov. 29, 1932, two children from the Voisin family, Fernande (15) and Albert (11), went to the nearby convent school to meet their sister, Gilberte (13), who was staying after school to study.
Along the way, the two children stopped at the Degeimbre household to see if their friends, Andree (14) and Gilberte (9), could join them. The four children left the Degeimbre home and continued on their way to the convent school.
After ringing the doorbell, Albert looked toward the railroad bridge and saw a woman walking in the air near the Lourdes grotto. She looked to be around 18-20 years old with deep blue eyes and a rosary hanging from her arm. The other children also saw the vision.
The children saw the lady on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. On Dec. 2, Albert asked, "Are you the Immaculate Virgin?" The lady smiled and nodded her head. Albert then asked, "What do you want?" Our Lady answered, "Always be good.”
For the first few apparitions in the convent school garden, the lady was already visible when the children got there. Later, she became visible after the children had begun to recite the rosary. Each time Our Lady appeared, the children felt themselves drawn to a kneeling position.
On several occasions Our Lady told the children that she wished them to be present on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
On Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, there was a very large crowd. The children saw the vision as soon as they reached the gate. The garden was illuminated brightly, but the vision was much more radiant than the electric lights.
The children were examined by different doctors. All were found to be in a state of complete ecstasy. As soon as the crowd completed the last decade of the rosary, Our Lady disappeared. "She is gone!" cried the children. They had tears in their eyes.
On Dec. 17, Our Lady asked for a chapel "in order that people might come here on pilgrimages." Four days later she said: "I am the Immaculate Virgin."
On Dec. 29, the Blessed Virgin opened her arms in the gesture of farewell. In doing so, she revealed in the region of her chest a Heart of Gold, surrounded by glittering rays. This was the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of God. This heart was displayed in all the remaining apparitions at Beauraing.
On Dec. 30, Our Lady said, "Pray. Pray very much." On Jan. 1, Our Lady told Gilberte Voisin "Pray always."
On Jan. 2, Our Lady said: "Tomorrow I will speak to each one of you separately."
Jan. 3, 1933, was the 33rd and last apparition. Our Lady talked to each child separately. She said to Andree, "I am the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven. Pray always. Goodbye."
To Gilberte Voisin, she said, "I will convert sinners. Goodbye."
To Albert and to Gilberte Degeimbr Our Lady simply said, "Goodbye."
Our Lady appeared finally to Fernande and asked, "Do you love my son?" Fernande answered, "Yes." Our Lady then asked, "Do you love me?" Fernande answered, "Yes." Our Lady said, "Then, sacrifice yourself for me."
Our Lady extended her arms in the usual farewell gesture and showed Fernande her heart. Then, she said: "Goodbye."
12月8日、聖母無原罪瞻禮日，大批群眾聞風湧到。當孩子們到達修院大閘，見到了聖母時，花園頓時光亮 ── 比電燈還要亮！幾位醫生曾即場檢視孩子們，均認定他們都在神魂超拔。群眾誦唸玫瑰經完畢，聖母隱沒了。孩子也大聲說：「她走了！」孩子們眼睛有淚水。